Bishop Robert C. Morlino, of the Diocese of Madison, issued an eloquent statement in response to a federal judge’s decision on Friday to strike down Wisconsin’s pro-marriage amendment to the state constitution. Here’s an excerpt:
Marriage is, and can only ever be, a unique relationship solely between one man and one woman, regardless of the decision of a judge or any vote. This is not based on any private sectarian viewpoint, but on the natural moral law that is universally binding on all peoples, at all times, and inscribed into our human nature, as man and woman from the beginning of creation. It behooves us to safeguard the sacred ecology of all nature, especially of our human nature.
In striking down the constitutional amendment in our state which protects marriage, the court has, once again, shaken one of the most precious and essential building blocks of our civilization. There can be no question that the best formation for children is in the home of their biological mother and father, generally speaking, and we should always have a greater concern for future generations than we do for ourselves.
How nice to see that this statement was released on Friday, the day the court decision was made known. From a communications standpoint, Madison’s bishop clearly understands the importance of timeliness.
Update: On June 9, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, representing all bishops of Wisconsin, released this statement regarding the ruling.